More Than 28,000 Stranded Indians Have Landed in Mumbai Since May

More Than 28,000 Stranded Indians Have Landed in Mumbai Since May

The State Government of Maharashtra has announced that over 28,000 Indians have flown into Mumbai since May 7 when repatriation flights under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ were launched. The first stranded passengers started arriving in Maharashtra by May 10. 

The State clarified that of the 28,435 stranded Indians that landed in Mumbai, 8,336 were from other states while 10,347 were from Mumbai while the rest were from across the state. More repatriation flights will follow with an additional 40 flights expected to take off by July 15. 

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India has also resumed operations of domestic flights in a phased manner. Several people flew in and out of Mumbai when domestic flight services began in the city towards the end of May, though authorities maintained a cautious approach given the increase in coronavirus cases in the region. 

The Bombay High Court recently allowed airlines to occupy the middle seat on a domestic flight amidst concerns of the spread of the coronavirus mid-flight. Previously, aviation experts have maintained that domestic flights are equipped with HEPA air filtration by default to avoid the spread of contagious diseases.

In mid-June, an increase in the frequency of flights to and from Mumbai was considered by the authorities as reopening the economy came into the focus. There was also sign of some good news amidst the pandemic as the country’s first crowdfunded flight took migrants back home to Ranchi in Jharkhand.

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